Mesothelioma could kill 10% of Aussie carpenters

23 Apr 2008 by under News

A new study is predicting 10 percent of Australian carpenters born before 1950 will die of .

The Australian study, conducted by cancer research specialist Professor Julian Peto, was based on research into the lifetime occupations of 600 mesothelioma patients. Its findings were reported by the web site yesterday.

Peto predicts 30,000 Australians will die from mesothelioma between 2000 and 2050. He says the cause is exposure to both crocidolite asbestos (blue asbestos) and amosite (brown asbestos), which was used in building products in Australia and Britain until the 1980s.

According to the story on, Peto’s research reveals that Australia and the currently have the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, with an estimated 600 cases per year in Australia and 2,000 in Britain, with numbers still rising.

Because I write this blog in the United States, I don’t talk as much about the looming global disaster asbestos poses. But it’s frightening, and it’s sickening, to see the effects of asbestos exposure just surfacing in communities around the world. I am afraid the coming suffering is unimaginable.

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